Showering less and less - what helped you?

by (1452) Updated March 14, 2013 at 7:22 PM Created November 22, 2012 at 8:33 AM

Especially food wise (as it helped me) but other tips work too. I wash my body (and hair with organic shampoo) once a week but now, I want my body/hair washing to extend to once a month if possible because it's winter and I hate the cold wetness after coming out of the stall. Plus it sounds like a challenge. I don't exercise. I don't use any deodorant but I wash my feet and my john more than once a week. I am pretty sure I don't smell because people still come near me and when I asked a few close friends if I smell, they said no. I believe what has helped me most, along with the weston price diet, are vitamin supplements, a lot of raw fish, and brushing my scalp a lot. I am not sure if this qualifies as oil cleansing but I slather on shea butter on my skin a lot, and they all absorb so it's not like I brush it off or anything. I do dry brush, but very rarely.

I know that many of you don't even use soap, only shower once a month, or not at all. Paleo diet and the elimination of grains may get you through, but do you think there may be particular methods or foods that helped you even further?

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11555 · February 28, 2013 at 5:43 PM

"only shower once a month" !!! I hope this is rare. reminds self to bring a bottle of lavender oil to next paleo conference

More seriously, getting older seems to have helped with stink production, as has cutting carbs back. I typically shower every 2 to 3 days in winter, 1-2 in summer, sometimes take a bath just to relax or warm up in winter. Baking soda/coconut oil blend for scrubbing in the shower in winter, real soap on stinky bits in summer with natural sponge to scrub rest of skin. I usually don't use cleanser in the winter bath, but often add oil or such to the water to sooth dry skin. Baking soda/vinegar rinse for hair. Also a very strong tea/sage brew on hair to make it slightly less gray.

189 · November 22, 2012 at 9:43 AM

i wash my hair once a week with a sulfate/paraben free wash from the organic grocers and use a boar bristle brush to distribute the oils daily.

i oil cleanse my face with coconut oil and salt water from the pacific ocean out front.

my skin doesn't really need lotion, but when it does i use coconut oil... sometimes i even forget deodorant and its totally fine.

one thing i am not willing to compromise is showers. a modern convience that there is no substitution for after a long day at work or an intense workout at crossfit.

since showers are relaxing they must reduce my cortisol levels... which would make them semi-paleo right? :)

705 · January 31, 2013 at 4:37 PM

how do you guys keep your hair from getting greasy? i would love to cut down washing my hair to once a week because i read that it's so much healthier for your hair, but i have long oily type hair and it gets stringy and greasy in less then a day. do you guys use dry shampoos? dabs of baking soda? and is scalp brushing different then your standard brushing?

11251 · January 17, 2013 at 3:56 PM

I use vinegar and baking soda for my hair. I don't use soap in the shower, and right now, I feel rather silly for showering as much as I do. Since it is winter, my hair feels too clean, and I often skip the baking soda/vinegar. My skin also feels too clean/dry.

818 · January 17, 2013 at 1:55 PM

I shower about once a week. I think getting the toxins out of your diet helps tons (and lifestyle - ie. creams, lotions, potions and things like BPA). I have been working to get my D3 and Magnesium levels good, and I now barley need deo!! I just use it like once or twice a week (and all natural) - whereas I used to use it multiple times a day.

For bodywash I am just using some castlie soap on the pits and privates. I think just letting water rinse off the dirt is good enough. I don't have a normal moisturising routine.. I just use abit of coconut oil if my skin or lips feel dry.. other than that - nothing goes on my skin :)

I don't wash my hair with shampoo - you can read all about my experince if it interests you here: http://fondalashay.com/mintchilli/i-do-not-wash-my-hair-yes-you-read-that-right I have long dark hair, use a normal brush and a bristle brush on it.

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